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  1. Students read a wide range of materials to build understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the culture of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; for spiritual fulfillment and personal growth. Among these materials are fictions, nonfiction, poetry, drama, film, classic and contemporary works.

  2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the spiritual, philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic nature of human experience.

  3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.

  4. Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

  5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

  6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions such as spelling and punctuation, figurative language, genre, and media techniques to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print materials.

  7. Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, by posing problems, and by developing logical and critical thinking skills. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

  8. Students use a variety of technological and informational resources such as libraries, databases, computer networks, and video to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

  9. Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles while at the same time recognizing and applying their own Catholic beliefs.

  10. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.

  11. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes of learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and exchange of information.